WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is extending condolences and pledging his city’s support to the victims of the deadly tornadoes that ravaged Oklahoma this week.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Gray offered his solidarity to the people of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Oklahoma City and Moore, as well as to the residents of the District who have family members and other loved ones in the affected areas,” Gray said.
“I particularly want to extend my condolences and offer any support the District can provide to Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. The District of Columbia stands ready to help in any way we can in response to this disaster.”
Gray is urging District residents who wish to help with the Oklahoma relief efforts to donate to reputable disaster-relief organizations.
The mayor is also asking constituents to let the lethal incident serve as a reminder to prepare for natural disasters in the nation’s capital.
“Although deadly twisters such as this one are more common on the Great Plains, they are not unheard of in our area,” said Gray, citing a pair of powerful twisters that touched down in College Park and La Plata, Md. in 2001.
Information on preparing for a disaster can be found on the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s disaster-preparedness website.
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